Criminals are clever. Dumb, and dangerous, but clever.
Case in point: Two felons in Missouri used a legal, but shady, smartphone app to lure an innocent family out of their home. Once the family left, out of fear their grown daughter was in danger, burglars broke into their home.
The burglars used a smartphone app called a caller ID spoofing app. With the app, you can change the telephone number that pops up on someone else's caller ID when you call them.
These burglars, James Woolsey and Lenny Hebert, called the Streetman family. However, the caller ID said it was the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
The burglars told the Streetmans that their grown daughter, who lives in another home, was in danger. The crooks suggested the Streetmans go to her home. They did, although they were suspicious of the phone call.
Note: Caller ID spoofing apps are legal. However, under the 2009 Caller ID Act, it is illegal to use them to commit a crime.